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Everything posted by BirdTravels

  1. YOU need to get yourself off the ship in time for your flight. Transfer buses are first-come-first serve, so get off the ship early (either the first color tag or self-assist (handling all of your luggage on your own)). Since the transfer buses are the cheapest and easiest way to get to the airport, the line for the buses are often long. Here's the Encore tag schedule from last season. You can walk off on your own starting at 7:00 am. NOTE: Many of the 4500 passengers will have the same desire... get off first... so plan accordingly... the lines will be long. BTW: we always schedule flights around 11:00. BTW: There is no pick-up zone at the terminal. Trying to catch an Uber is really hard unless you drag your stuff about 1/2 mile down the road.
  2. Tags have nothing to do with which bus you go on. They only control what time the luggage will be displayed in the luggage hall. Many of the people taking the bus are self assist and have no tags. And many of the people the bus are Port Valet with no large luggage. The buses are first come first serve.
  3. Welcome to Cruise Critic. You can expedite exit by taking luggage off the ship by yourself (you have to be able to easily handle your luggage down the gangway and through the terminal). Line up early. If you leave the port area by about 8:00, you'll be fine.
  4. But,,,, if you took time to read the OP's post, they are a "first timer" = no status.
  5. PortMiami Terminal A uses facial recognition. As fast as you can walk, you look in the camera and you’re on your way. Did it this morning.
  6. The earliest checkin get the lowest boarding group = earliest boarding.
  7. We shop on InsureMyTrip. Since most airlines will give you a travel credit for cancelled flight, insurance doesn’t help much there. Only if you end up rebooking at a higher cost due to some interruption (which has a small cap on most policies). If you are medivacced by the US Coast Guard there is no cost. But, there are no true trauma centers in Alaska and you would have to be flown to Seattle for a serious condition. Check out the insurance forum https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/499-cruisetravel-insurance/
  8. Pretty much the exactly same as RCCL. You can spend a lot of money or no money (nickels and dimes). And the Haven Restaurant is far far far superior to the RCCL suites restaurant on small ships and Coastal Kitchen on lg ships. On our last RCCL cruise, we walked out of CL twice and went to the Windjammer for better food. The Dawn is one of the oldest and smallest of the NCL ships. The suites restaurant is in Cagney’s serving a Haven-like menu. Far superior to Chops on sm RCCL ships.
  9. Extension cords are NOT prohibited items on NCL and will not be confiscated. Save the expense of a long power cord and go to Amazon and pick up some cheap, light weight extension cords. We sail often and find that a 6’ + 10’ extension cord works on most NCL ships.
  10. Room service is available for all day dining for a modest delivery charge.
  11. Feel like breakfast in bed, fill out a hang tag and leave it on your door for a morning treat.
  12. Ahhhh no. No photoshopping. All original photos. A few have been straightened and cropped (e.g., Daily Compass pages that are screen capped from the pdf posted to the website).
  13. Time to be pampered at the Spa. Book a massage and let all of those tight muscles melt away.
  14. It’s that time again!!! Time for a parade! I The pandemic recovery is now complete.
  15. The challenge is that you need to be very very careful to turn off roaming (airplane mode) when on the ship. Every time. Otherwise you’re paying your cell carrier’s international roaming rate.
  16. If you don’t understand “Lit” and “Dope” then it is probably not somewhere you want to go to.
  17. Hmmmm that’s strange. Post #7 would say otherwise.
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